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Oscar Kreissig

Military

Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-24D 41-23988 [NB:E] 'Emmy Lou', 44BG/67BS while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Aircraft was attacked by German fighters and shot down at Barentin, France while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart

Service

Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-23988 Emmy Lou

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D-15-CO 41-23998 [NB:E] "Emmy Lou" was assigned to the 44BG/47BS. On 8-Mar-1943 the aircraft was despatched on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. The aircraft was shot down by German fighters near Barentin, France. ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 41

    8 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rennes and Rouen, France are the primary targets for this mission. A formation comprised of 67 B-17s: 91BG (14); 303BG (19); 305BG (16) and 306BG (18) is despatched to bomb at Rennes. Conditions are good with no cloud...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Born New Britain, Connecticut
Killed in Action (KIA) Barentin, France 8 March 1943

Killed when aircraft was shot down and crashed near Barentin, France.

Buried 1945

Buried in the Normandy American Cemetery, Plot D, Row 21, Grave 34.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2020 18:29:10 jmoore43 Changes to nickname
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Removed the "Possible DUPLICATE" flag since the dup person was removed.

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2020 18:11:32 jmoore43 Changes to nickname
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Date Contributor Update
31 July 2015 22:49:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 31-Jul-2015. Added Decorations and Burial event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records; Made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; Added Summary Biography based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE and MACR 15333.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACRs 4401, 15333, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop and Hey p.89-90, 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties pp. 58-9 by Lundy

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